Image Credit in the CMS

We are asking that you provide attribution for any image you upload into the CMS. Doing so is not only a best practice but is in some cases legally required. Using images for which you do not have permission may result in a fine or other penalties by the holder of the copyright.

In most cases you will know who photographed an image or created a graphic. In that case, simply enter the creator’s name. The system will automatically add “Image credit:” beneath each image, so you do not need to say “Photo by” or “Image from.”

Other use cases for the image credit field:

  • If the image (photo or graphic) was provided by Communications, but you do not know the specific photographer, enter: “Office of Communications

  • If the image (photo or graphic) was provided by another person or entity (with permission to use), but you do not know the specific photographer, enter: “Courtesy of [name]

  • If the image was obtained online (with a Creative Commons license), enter: “[name of work] by [name of author], [type of license] on [source of image]

    For example, this image from Wikimedia Commons, should be credited: “Amphiprion ocellaris (Clown anemonefish) in Papua New Guinea by Nick Hobgood, CC BY-SA 3.0 on Wikimedia Commons”

    Both Wikimedia Commons and Flickr will list the type of Creative Commons license for every image.

  • If the image was purchased from an online source, please enter the name of the website or source. For example: “iStockphoto.com”

  • If you’re certain the image is in the public domain, please enter the name of the website or source. For example: “Library of Congress”